The legal team representing Gary Shapley, the whistleblower in the Hunter Biden investigation, has made a significant disclosure by releasing a letter that includes the names of six additional witnesses. These witnesses allegedly overheard U.S. Attorney for Delaware, David Weiss, acknowledge that he did not have the authority to press charges in other districts and had requested special counsel status. Attorneys Mark D. Lytle, Jason Foster, and Tristan Leavitt, who signed the letter, are calling for an explanation of Weiss’ statements in light of conflicting accounts from the Attorney General and Weiss himself.
Shapley’s Testimony and Revelations
According to transcripts of Shapley’s testimony, which were made public by the House Ways and Means Committee, he believed that charges for tax violations in 2014 and 2015 were still being considered. However, U.S. Attorney Weiss later informed him that his office in the District of Columbia would not allow him to pursue charges there. Consequently, Weiss requested special counsel authority from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to proceed with the case in the District of Columbia. This request was allegedly denied, resulting in the expiration of the statute of limitations for the 2014 and 2015 charges. These charges involved foreign income from Burisma and a potential tax evasion scheme in collaboration with a convicted criminal, raising concerns about possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
Implications and Calls for Action
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy took to social media platform Twitter following the release of the letter, expressing that if Shapley’s allegations prove true, they would be a significant component of a larger impeachment inquiry into the alleged misuse of the Department of Justice (DOJ) by Attorney General Merrick Garland. McCarthy urged U.S. Attorney Weiss to address the concerns of the House Judiciary Committee. However, Garland refuted the claim that Weiss had requested special counsel authority, emphasizing that Weiss had complete autonomy in making his decisions. Garland expressed his willingness to have Weiss testify regarding the claims made by the IRS whistleblowers.
Transcripts Released Alongside Plea Deal
Shortly after Hunter Biden reached a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to federal tax and gun violations, transcripts were released by House Ways and Means Republicans. However, the plea deal does not address other allegations of criminal wrongdoing involving Hunter Biden and his relatives in their business transactions with foreign associates, including possible involvement of then-Vice President Joe Biden.
The revelation of the witnesses’ names and the ongoing controversy surrounding the Hunter Biden investigation underline the need for further examination and clarification regarding the extent of potential misconduct and the actions taken by law enforcement officials involved in the case.
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